Cancer Made Me Wonder Why Bad Things Happen to Good People
Before being diagnosed with cancer, I would turn my gaze away from people who were suffering, but now, I connect with them, and know that it could be me.
After Receiving a Cancer Diagnosis, I Didn’t Think About Oral Health, Though I Should Have
Cancer and its treatments can affect oral health, though when I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the thought of seeing the dentist slipped my mind.
How Does a Cancer Survivor Obtain Life Insurance?
One of the most loving things I can do for my family is to purchase life insurance, but my application was turned down, presumably because of my cancer history.
My Third and Fourth Cancer Opinions Gave Me a Second Chance at Life
Getting other medical opinions for my cancer diagnosis not only saved my life but also taught me self-care.
Is It Possible to See into Your Cancer Future?
I was approached with the opportunity to ghostwrite for an author who was writing about his cancer journey. I’m still baffled by the timing, but that experience shifted into my eventual cancer journey.
Patient Advocates Represent a Much-Needed Lifeline for People Who are Dealing with Cancer
Having someone beside you to accompany you during doctor's visits to take notes or having someone to help you find the right specialist or even to just help research what treatment options are available can be incredibly helpful.
I'm Glad I Got a Second Opinion for My Cancer Treatment
I trusted my oncology team with my life, so it was important that I found doctors I was comfortable with.
Cancer is Hard, and I'm Not Keeping Quiet
I’m not going to worry that I’m changing my own health by saying out loud that this cancer stuff is hard and scary and kills way too many people every single day.
My Daughter’s Cancer Treatment Is Over, So Why Do I Keep Thinking About the Disease?
Watching my daughter’s life be interrupted by breast cancer made me want to help other parents who might find themselves in a similar situation.
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at My Cancer Clinical Trial Experience
It’s good to have all the facts when you decide whether to participate in a cancer drug clinical trial—even the ones that make you swallow hard and tear up.
After a Simultaneous Bout With Cancer and COVID-19, I Must Balance Caution With Seizing the Day
My worst fear came true: I was diagnosed with COVID-19 while going through cancer. Now I live my life day by day.
I Can't Spend Every Day Fighting Cancer
In the immediate instance — and that’s where life is lived — I won’t spend my energy fighting against cancer. But that does not mean I don’t care.
How a Blog and Social Media Have Helped Me Fight Cancer
I didn’t know that starting a blog and turning to social media at the age of 30 after a cancer diagnosis would be so beneficial. But, I’m glad it turned out that way.
I Don’t Want My Sister to Go Through Cancer Treatment Alone, But Do I Risk Exposing Her to COVID-19?
I can’t imagine not seeing my sister during her blood cancer treatment, but I also struggle to picture the effects of infecting her with COVID-19.
The 6 Words My Oncologist Said That Gave Me Hope
When I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, I was comforted by a simple phrase my oncologist told my husband.
Will My Daughter Be a Triple-Positive Breast Cancer Pioneer?
I haven’t seen many 10-year triple-positive breast cancer survivors in my online support groups, but I can’t help but wonder: will my daughter be the one?
I Was Blindsided by a Cancer I’ve Never Heard Of
I was told that I would miscarry my pregnancy, but continued to feel more pregnant, leading to my molar pregnancy diagnosis — a condition I’ve never heard of before.
Do You Ever Question Your Cancer Care?
I’ve always received impeccable care at my cancer center, but a recent experience made me feel like I was no longer a priority.
Having Cancer Makes Me Live on the Edge, Though I Never Asked To
Cancer is a dangerous disease that comes with many difficult decisions, making me constantly feel like I’m living on the edge.
My Experiences With My Cancer Support Systems Were Unfortunate
When you put your feelings out there in cancer support groups — be it in-person or virtual — you’re opening your ideas up to others’ interpretation, and some might not like what you have to say.
Cancer Centers Need a Room for Rage
Anger is a reaction to injustice, which cancer certainly is. Sometimes I wished there was a place in the cancer treatment centers to let that rage out.
My Family Tree Has Been Hit Hard by Cancer
When my brother was diagnosed with cancer, I faced challenges of reliving my own journey while trying to help him know what to expect.
The Alphabet Soup of Medicare Is so Confusing
From Plan A and B to “donut coverage,” choosing a Medicare plan is frustrating — especially when considering the costs of a cancer diagnosis.
Years After My Diagnosis, I Still Can’t Shake the Cancer Hound That Chases Me
As I go in for another cancer follow-up, I need to remind myself that what could happen is different from what would happen.
Cancer Creates Empathy, But Hope Must Prevail
After experiencing cancer, I feel a profound sense of empathy for others in tough situations, from the war in Ukraine to COVID-19.
No Matter the Obstacle Thrown in Our Faces, Cancer Advocates Will Always Succeed
I like to think that cancer advocates live the motto of the postal service, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from their swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
The Start to Rolling the Dice After my Cancer Diagnosis
I was never a gambler … that is, until I was diagnosed with cancer.
The Search for a Post-Mastectomy Swimsuit Can Be as Puzzling as Wordle
Finding a swimsuit if you have not chosen reconstruction after breast cancer can be a challenge, but there are many ways to find what best works for you.
When Old Friends Ask How Things Are With My Family, I Avoid Talking About Our Cancer Experience
Should I mention my daughter’s cancer diagnosis, or keep people blissfully unaware, and say that we’re all doing fine?
Stop Saying Cancer is a 'Battle'
I can’t stand the “battle language” of cancer, including terms like “cancer warrior” and “losing the battle” with the disease.
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